Funding has been secured by the Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead to support vulnerable people housed during the pandemic into longer term accommodation this year.
The Next Steps Accommodation Programme award of £145,000 will fund two additional officers, one officer to act as a landlord liaison officer, securing longer term properties in the private rented sector and one to support single households with the transition into the accommodation.
As part of the Government’s ‘Everyone In’ initiative, approximately 15,000 people who were sleeping rough, or were sleeping in unsafe communal settings or were at imminent risk of rough sleeping have been placed into emergency accommodation during the COVID-19 pandemic.
In the borough, over 100 additional households have been housed in temporary accommodation since COVID-19, including 80 single homeless households who would otherwise have been threatened with sleeping rough. The team will now be looking to support these households into longer term accommodation as a result of securing this additional funding.
Councillor Ross McWilliams, lead member for housing, communications and youth engagement, says: “I am delighted we have secured this additional support funding, which will enable our housing service to continue providing support to our vulnerable residents during these difficult times.
“This funding will particularly help us support residents, who have lost their homes during the pandemic and who have been forced into temporary accommodation, into longer-term housing.
“Our priorities during this pandemic continue to be supporting our rough sleepers off the streets, helping people in need through our housing service, working with our charitable partners to get swift support to people who need it, and delivering long-term housing solutions.
“At all times our approach is underpinned by our core values as a service of compassion, thoroughness and cooperation.”
A total of 274 councils will share £91.5 million pounds to support vulnerable people and provide interim accommodation and support as part of the government’s commitment to end rough sleeping.
The Next Steps Accommodation Programme (NSAP) makes available the financial resources needed to support local authorities and their partners to prevent these people from returning to the streets.